Bran stares The Night King straight in the eyes! As their gaze match, he knows that he is staring death in the face. The audience could almost see the inevitable happening! As the White Walkers surround the Godswood, we only see a breeze move the hair of the Army of The Dead. Leaping forward is Arya Stark, out of nowhere! She dashes forward, Valyrian Steel in hand, and is nearly going to pierce through The Night King when he grabs her by the throat. This is the end! But she let go of the dagger to only use her other hand to stab him.
An intense moment for sure! Fans of Game Of Thrones might have left everything they were doing… just to watch the Night King die! But as it appeared to be a thrilling scenario, it was not the case backstage!
The name Rowley Irlam might be little-known, but he is actually the official Game Of Thrones stunt coordinator. He was the one behind the deadly leap of Arya Stark. An inside the episode video showed how Maisie Williams hooked to a wire on the Weirwood Set. They made several controlled jumps towards Night King actor Vladimir Furdik. The shooting was not perfect, so they moved to the green screens for finishing touches.
Williams received excessive training for more than a year before the shooting for the Battle Of Winterfell began! In the video extras released, she announced that she was more than ready for her star turn! According to David Benioff and Dan Weis, they knew that Arya would land the final blow in the final battle for more than three years before!
The makers combined slow-motion footages and a piano track composed by Ramin Djawadi that would be heard only at rare moments of the show. The director explained that it was a bit tedious for Williams but at the end, they were all satisfied with the product.
On her side, Maisie Williams was quite nervous and excited at the same time for the assassination of the Night King;
“I immediately thought that everybody would hate it…. That Arya doesn’t deserve it. The series builds up a villain that is impossible to defeat and his death should be intelligently done. It cannot be that he was that bad that some 100-pound girl comes in and stabs him!”
William became more confident when she knew that Melisandre will remind her of the prophecy!
The upcoming episodes will reveal who will sit on the Iron Throne. Maybe it is time for some intense action and more plot twists!